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Live tweeting a class field trip to the Outer Banks

Kayaking out of Manteo harbor with the Queen Elizabeth II in the background

This Thursday morning my marine biology class at Ashland University will be piling into two vans and trekking for 13 hours to the Oregon Inlet Campground on the outer banks of North Carolina for three days in the field.  This is the fourth time I have taken this class to the Outer Banks for an end of semester trip, after previous expeditions to the much colder Assateague Island, Maryland.  On past trips I have posted photos to this blog and shot video in the hopes of editing it together into a summary of our trips.  But that editing never happened after the last trip as I succumbed to summer research and administrative duties.

Plans for this year are a bit different.  Instead of relying primarily on this blog, I will be tweeting from the trip and am encouraging my students to do the same.  They are required to keep field notes from the sites we visit, but I have offered them the option to keep those notes via Twitter.  With 12 students and three faculty on the trip I hope to have a solid crowdsourced record of the trip.  You can follow these tweets at #aubio412.

Once we get back I plan to turn the tweets, YouTube video and any other material into a story on Storify.  Wish us luck.

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